April 10, 2020 Subject:
Amazing glimpse into the past
A color film from the 1930s. Consider that this video is over 80 years old. The people in it 40 and over where actually alive in at least part of the 19th century. It’s very unlikely that even the youngest person on here is still with us. Hitler was still alive and world war 2 started on this particular year. The original Wizard of OZ was released.
It’s amazing the level of automation in the manufacturing processes. Watch “How it’s made”from the 2000’s and really the only differences is computer control machinery and a more modern aesthetic. Also notice the proliferation of wooden jigs and fixtures as well. In modern times these have been replaced by aluminum, corrosion resistant alloys, resins and plastics.
February 28, 2012 Subject:
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You know, the more I access the archives, some topics I'm not really afraid of anymore. Like for example.. Chemistry! A lot of these are actually quite interesting and fascinating about what can be made, so I actually enjoyed this, as we get to see stuff like sponges and brushes being made. There are 2 model girls as well showing us everything that can be made from synthetics (including hose, hubba hubba). 2 classic scenes in this. When a waiter type drops some soup on a model's dress, she grabs a jar of water and pours it on her dress.. Away goes the soup!! The waiter grins enthusiastically, I'm sure not because the soup stain is gone, but because the film suddenly turned bimbo heaven,
@nd scene which I loved. Watch when the girl after talking on her curiously looking phone, gets up and takes the very long way around her lounging chair. Very odd indeed.
Reviewer:Wilford B. Wolf
March 14, 2005 Subject:
Better Living Through Chemistry
DuPont sponsored film from c. 1939 about the benefits around the house by the advances in chemistry. Unfortunately, the soundtrack has been lost for this film, but we are left with some interesting, if faded, 2-strip color footage. The film has footage of the manufactering of various household items, such as rubber gloves and household sponges. The bulk of the film centers around the various applications of man-made fibers, such as nylon. While there are a lot of pretty models twirling colorful period dresses, we are also treated to a rather interesting vignette of a waiter spilling something on a lady's dress, only to have to cleaned off with water, and a scene of a man testing the flame-resistance of two dresses. There is also a rather interesting sequence showing the manufacturing of nylon stockings and brushes.
After a few scenes of man fishing, the film moves onto plexiglass, showing some early precursors to fiber optics used as dental tools. The best shot in the entire film is near end, when the camera focuses in a clear plexiglass telephone; a stunning example of late Art Deco design. Finally, more fashions and interesting clear plastic furniture end the film.
Despite the lack of soundtrack, this is an interesting film to watch, and would make for great source material for industrial or period fashions.